This is a Field Insight written by Jason Cruise, maker of the Sportsman's Bible. A small compact KJV Bible for the outdoorsy people who would like to take God's Word with them on their outdoor adventures.
These are his words and I think they are practical and insightful. I hope you enjoy reading what he had to share.
God the Hunter
" Hunting's greatest reward is not the kill; it's the work it took to make it happen. Working that gobbler, enticing that big bull elk with your cow calls, or knowing just where to place your stand to harvest a buck... that's where the hunt really happens. It's in those times that you are in full pursuit. Calculating. Dreaming. Doubting. All those decisions must come to fruition in just the right way. And there is risk involved, too. You can't be everywhere at once even though you wish you could. You must make a choice of where you want to play out your hunt. When it's all said and done, you are, as they say, in "fair chase."
There's a link to God in this concept of Fair Chase if you really think about it. You have to wonder why God created us, don't you? Seriously, What were His intentions? What do you imagine He was thinking when He decided to create people "in His own image?"
Truth be told, when you read Genesis 3 you find that God was operating in a "fair chase environment." He created Adam and Eve, gave them everything they needed and then some, and yet set them free to make decisions. They did fine for a time, but eventually they blew it completely. And they didn't just miss the mark for themselves, but they started a domino effect of problems that affect us even today.
Even with the dew still fresh in the abandoned Garden, God remained in pursuit. His persistent love will not stop no matter how hard of lonely the chase gets. Understand that God's hunting you is what separates Christianity from every other faith. Christianity is not you searching for God, it is God searching for you through Jesus Christ. He came here, Made His home among us. Pursued a relationship with real people. Fair chase. Uncontrolled. Free will we may have, but His love never stops pursuing us. In that respect, God knows what it means to pursue something you love. Is it not mind-boggling to think that He is so obsessed with us? "
" In my opinion, the great single need of the moment is that light-hearted superficial religionists be struck down with a vision of God high and lifted up, with His train filling the temple. The holy art of worship seems to have passed away like the Shekinah glory from the tabernacle. As a result, we are left to our own devices and forced to make up the lack of spontaneous worship by ...bringing in countless cheap and tawdry activities to hold the attention of the church people." ~ A.W. Tozer